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Following a High Court ruling, the UK engineering brands Kek and Gardner are the exclusive property of their original owner, Cheshire-based Process Components Ltd.

The ruling confirms Process Components Ltd.’s exclusive right to manufacture and sell its Kek and Gardner brands of industrial powder processing machines and components worldwide.

Following the Court decision, Kason Kek Gardner Ltd. has undertaken to the Court not to infringe Process Components Ltd.’s designs or trade marks in the future.

Process Components Ltd. designs and manufactures powder-handling equipment used in the food, chemical, powder coating and pharmaceutical sectors worldwide. Its brands are Kek, Gardner, Mucon and PPS.

Commenting on the ruling, Tony Goodwin, managing director of Process Components Ltd., said:

“The outcome of this case means we can get back to business as usual: developing and manufacturing top quality equipment. These are heritage brands – symbols of reliable and innovative British engineering. They have been around far longer than any of us, and it is our responsibility to build on that heritage for generations to come.”

Process Components Ltd. is reassuring Kek and Gardner customers that they can remain confident of full product support for the future: the company holds customer archives going back many decades, including bespoke designs, warranty information and machine blueprints.

Tony Goodwin concluded:

“Kek and Gardner are part of a family of UK brands that goes back over 100 years. Process Components Ltd. is known for its specialist expertise in design and innovation to keep clients ahead of regulatory and technical requirements. Our research and development continues to push new boundaries in hygiene and precision to help all our process engineering clients to grow and evolve.”

The ruling was made on the 5th September 2016 in the High Court of Justice, Chancery Division, London. To see the Judgment, click here:

http://www.bailii.org/cgi-bin/format.cgi?doc=/ew/cases/EWHC/Ch/2016/2198.html

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